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penthouse, she describes how it was before—
“You had to crawl through this little well to
go up to get a view”—a problem the stair fixed.
But Steely realized that when he walked up
he’d see a television tower in the distance,
a view that was about to be covered by more of
this redwood wall. “So he added a long, skinny
window just for the TV tower,” Wang says.
“And now every time we walk up we see this
beautiful tower, and it’s really wonderful.”
That’s what happens when an
architect is willing to relinquish
some control in the service of
truly trying to give his clients a
formal—concrete, one could even
say—translation of their social
and personal desires.
It sounds like a too-good-to-be-true story,
this tale of a couple who received a little bit of
an inheritance, bought a falling-apart house,
looked for an architect to help fix it up, found
one because their real-estate agent happened
to know of an architect’s house just a few
blocks away, and then happened to engage
in a full-on creative mash-up. But that’s what
happens when an architect is willing to relinquish some control in the service of truly
trying to give his clients a formal—concrete,
one could even say—translation of their social
and personal desires. Many architects pay lip
service to the idea of collaboration, but Steely
not only talked the talk; he was willing to share
the hammer. It’s an attitude that Martin and
Wang noticed and appreciated. “To my eye,
this is a golden age for architecture,” Martin
says. “And Craig—he thinks in a very different
way from most people.” Part of that thinking is
this focus on the connection that got them all
there. “With architecture, the process usually
gets forgotten, and there are photos at the end,
and that’s all that gets projected,” Steely says.
“But I love how this project was the process.
And they’re living in it as a process.”
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